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would be out of iraq by the end of the following year. >> next week, it's the president's turn in a convention spotlight, the time warner arena in charlotte is almost ready. this state, north carolina, and florida, are battlegrounds in the race for the white house. both campaigns now will be carefully watching the polls to try to see what kind of a convention bounce, if any, romney got from the r.n.c. at the site of the d.n.c. in charlotte, i'm steve handlesman, nbc news. >> maryland will have considerable firepower at the next week's convention. senator barbara mccull mikulski is expected to lead the program that highlights democratic women candidates for 2012. the baltimore native is the longest serving woman in the history of conditioning. steny hoyer, chris van holland and denny edwards will also have prominent roles. governor martin o'malley is also scheduled to speak in charlotte. you can follow live updates on our smartphone app with live wire. >> looking at the morning's top stories. baltimore's big weekend here, the grand prix, street vegas legal for the pros this week
the war in iraq. maryland will have considerable firepower at next week's convention. senator barbara mikulski is expected to lead the program that highlights democratic women candidates for the senate in 2012 and a record number of 12 are running this november. the baltimore native is the longest serving member in the history of congress. governor martin o'malley is slated to speak at the convention in charlotte. wbal tv and wbaltv.com, your home for every moment of the democratic convention from beginning to end culminating with president obama's acceptance speech next thursday. >> and baltimore, maryland, has had its place when it comes to conventions and stan haynes joins us live, the author of the book, "the first american political conventions." thanks so much for coming in. why did you write this book? >> i've always been a history nut and very interested in the presidency and i work in down the baltimore at a law firm and kept reading books about conventions in the 19th century held in baltimore so i got curious as to where the were held and what went on there. that's what got
, particularly from the obama campaign, lashing out at him for not mentioning the troops that are in iraq. now, the romney campaign has pushed back and said that the candidates met with the american legion on wednesday, just a day before his speech. the other big speech from the republican national convention, you've been talking about it already this morning, lester, of course that speech that was given by 82-year-old acting icon clint eastwood, when he gave a performance, essentially interviewing an empty chair that was meant to represent president obama. a lot of people called that performance bizarre, but the romney campaign defended it yesterday. they said the fact that he brought up the high unemployment rate, the fact that he called for a change in leadership made the speech worthwhile. and lester, they also said that the candidate himself felt that the speech was amusing. right now, political analysts watching to see if romney will get any type of a bump on the heels of the rnc. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you so much. ed rendell is the former chairman of the democratic national c
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